Tuesday, January 24, 2006
Don't talk the talk if you can't walk the walk
Good advice for the Bushoviks when they are speaking to Iran. The AP has this report on the state of the Army, which would have to cover the check written by the Bushoviks loud mouths.
Stretched by frequent troop rotations to Iraq and Afghanistan, the Army has become a "thin green line" that could snap unless relief comes soon, according to a study for the Pentagon.And now Our Dear Embattled Leader, after haring off on his Glorious Little War in Iraq, is left without the means to back up all his tough talk. All his rhetoric designed to please his base at home has made the possibility of a serious solution to the concerns about Iran decidedly remote. Just like he did with North Korea. Mr Bluster has once again failed to make anyone safer, anywhere.
Andrew Krepinevich, a retired Army officer who wrote the report under a Pentagon contract, concluded that the Army cannot sustain the pace of troop deployments to Iraq long enough to break the back of the insurgency. He also suggested that the Pentagon's decision, announced in December, to begin reducing the force in Iraq this year was driven in part by a realization that the Army was overextended.
As evidence, Krepinevich points to the Army's 2005 recruiting slump - missing its recruiting goal for the first time since 1999 - and its decision to offer much bigger enlistment bonuses and other incentives.
"You really begin to wonder just how much stress and strain there is on the Army, how much longer it can continue," he said in an interview
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